• Suit Yourself: Foxley


    “You never forget your first suit,” David Coggins muses after a couple of beers late one weeknight—which night, exactly, I don’t recall off-hand. But he’s right. You graduated in that suit, landed the job in that suit, got the girl in that suit...you became a man in that suit.

    Rugby gets that. This spring marks the introduction to Rugby’s tropical wool, linen/silk/wool blend and cotton gabardine suiting. Though rendered in classic trad hues and patterns, Ralph Lauren fabricated an Italian silhouette. Lauren’s own Italian tailor hand cut the patterns, creating a suppressed waist, natural shoulder, fully canvassed jacket that hugs incredibly well off the rack.

    This week, presented by Rugby* and styled by me, features five creatives making it in New York City. They paid a visit to the University Rugby shop and then I tagged along on their commutes, inside their homes and into their favorite greasy spoons to not only show how to look put together in a suit, but how to break it apart. You never forget your first suit—better make it tops.

    Nobody knows Graydon Carter’s schedule better than David Foxley. As the assistant to the editor of Vanity Fair, the guy is no stranger to a suit. From his West Village garden apartment, Foxley is tying up the afternoon’s loose ends in his cotton gabardine suit. It is an ideal choice for your first spring suit given it’s khaki hue and versatility in the separates.

    Trousers should be worn slightly short of the all-important shoe—and penny loafers never looked better than with a khaki cotton gab suit. A lightweight cardigan can provide additional warmth while simultaneously yielding a pop of color. The go-to-hell shade works during the week when downplayed behind the khaki jacket.

    I stuffed a bow tie into my chest pocket once when I was in a pinch and have been doing it ever since—it’s a personal style preference. Just stuff it in there and don’t think about it too much. This cotton madras plaid bow tie introduces depth while contrasting the texture and fabric of the silk knit tie.

    Foxley often ducks into La BonBonniere in the West Village for a short-stack and coffee.

    The cotton gab jacket pairs naturally with a dark rinse slim straight-leg jean. Saddle shoes keep the overall look sporty enough to stay one step ahead of his young English Bulldog, Jack.

    Plain front trousers, always. Introduce pleats and you’re not doing most guys any favors. Wear this cotton chino pant sans jacket like you would khakis. All of Rugby’s trousers provide the option for braces...use them occasionally.

    *In its sponsorship of this feature, Rugby provided financial compensation, in addition to the product in question, for my photography services and opinions. The entire wardrobe is provided by Rugby save a few instances in which the subjects wore their own pieces.

    Apr 6, 2011 | Permalink (14) Total Comments

    nelson left a comment on 4/25/2011 at 2:35 AM:

    wow he pulls off those looks effortlessly.
    if i did it, i would look too try hard.

    .A.S. left a comment on 4/14/2011 at 4:19 PM:

    Anyone know the details on those saddle shoes he’s wearing?

    Caroline Fontenot left a comment on 4/9/2011 at 12:48 PM:

    This was probably my favorite week so far on the blog! I loved it. This post was my favorite of all, every look was just perfection. Keep it up!

    Joey Dee left a comment on 4/8/2011 at 12:02 AM:

    Is it a correct presumption that the glasses are Tom Ford? I would agree that Rugby pushes the edge of prep. I would also dare to say that there is a punk rock ‘we owe you nothing’ attitude that subtly hits you while you are reading, maybe thats what rubs the old guard commenters on here;perhaps. Great work on photography.

    pmg left a comment on 4/7/2011 at 1:39 PM:

    i used to think that only Brad Pitt could pull off the khaki suit. now i see theres hope for mortals yet. of course it still helps if you’re a skinny good-looking guy.

    OldGeorgetowner left a comment on 4/7/2011 at 9:31 AM:

    handsome man, and overall I like all the looks, they just don’t look tailored.
    I also think that stripe shirt looks cheap.  Looks like a WalMart oxford shirt.
    Certainly interesting to look at; just feels like “new prep” which is like “new money” to me.  Just my own opinion.

    Tito left a comment on 4/6/2011 at 10:13 PM:

    Well on this tumblr, there are 312 people that love Mr Foxley’s look:

    Ward left a comment on 4/6/2011 at 7:05 PM:

    I have to say, this is my favourite of the 3 so far. Love how the brown saddle shoes and denim go together.

    The Untidy Pilgrim left a comment on 4/6/2011 at 3:50 PM:

    Thank you, Messieurs Castleberry and Foxley, for showing the versatility of the khaki cotton gab suit. Well done.

    ERIII left a comment on 4/6/2011 at 12:06 PM:

    Another home run FEC!!! Foxley looks great and his “world” is real for him…

    Thomas left a comment on 4/6/2011 at 10:44 AM:

    It should be noted that these suits are made in Italy by Raffaele Caruso. $850 for a suit made by a reputable Italian designer is really not that absurd. Much better than the $1800 Ralph Lauren Black Label suits made by the very same designer. At half the price, some might say you’re getting a pretty good deal. Add in the 15% student discount and the price is knocked down to $722.

    Chip left a comment on 4/6/2011 at 10:09 AM:

    Anyone know where his glasses are from?

    Best left a comment on 4/6/2011 at 8:52 AM:

    Cast love the short trousers to showcase the pennies. I would totally rock to work a bow tie as a pocket square with the knit tie, absolutely brilliant, props to your stylist - it doesn’t feel forced or over thought at all. The sweater under a cotton, warm weather suit with no sock works for this fake spring weather in New York right now - spot on. As always you capture the moment in your shots. Like.

    Tito left a comment on 4/6/2011 at 8:21 AM:

    Wow everything on Mr Foxley fits excellent!
    I’m definitely going to check on that made in Italy Khaki jacket. I’m really enjoying the way everything’s put together.
    Fred I’m looking forward to see you modeling some of this great outfits sir….